If the Patriots' latest videotaping incident sounds familiar, there's a reason

Ross Houston
December 10, 2019

Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on prior to Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The NFL is investigating a Patriots staffer who was seen filming from the press box during Sunday's Browns-Bengals in an incident New England has called a big misunderstanding.

"The concern, on the Bengals' end, was that the Patriots' videographer was shooting Cincinnati's bench area". Taylor said he was aware of an "incident" but had no further comment on it, and the team later said the same in a statement.

As news of the confiscation broke, ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport were quick to tweet that the footage in question was of a Patriots employee for an upcoming episode of "Do Your Job", a recurring documentary on the team's website. So the Patriots could have someone in the building in Pittsburgh on Sunday when the Bills visit the Steelers in Week 15. National Football League has video; Patriots say video is a press-box feature of the advance scout.

But it had nothing do with spying, according to National Football League reporter Albert Breer.

Earlier: The NFL is reportedly investigating whether the New England Patriots were videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline during yesterday's game.

ESPN's Dianna Russini, who surfaced the story after a reporter asked Bengals coach Zac Taylor about the accusation, reported later Monday that a cameraman who identified himself as a Robert Kraft employee was filming Bengals coaches during the first quarter of their game against the Browns and asked if he could "just delete the footage" when a Bengals employee caught him.

"I'm aware that there was an incident", Taylor said. 'I know the league is investigating it, so I've got no comment on it'.

Is this Spy Gate 2.0?

We should find out more as this situation unfolds.

Spokesmen for the National Football League and Patriots did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment.

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